Twitterrific 6 Launches on iPhone and iPad With Autoplay Videos in Timeline, GIPHY Integration, and Much More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Iconfactory today announced it has released a significant update to its popular third-party Twitter client Twitterrific for iPhone and iPad. The latest version of the app contains over 50 new features, improvements, and bug fixes.


    Key features of Twitterrific 6:Auto-playing media in the timeline: Videos and GIFs silently auto-play directly in the timeline. If there is audio, it does not play unless the speaker button is tapped. This feature can be disabled if desired.
    Full images in the timeline: Tweets or direct messages with a single photo, video, or GIF will now display the media attachment at full size, aka its native aspect ratio. Tweets with more than one photo still show the attachments in a grid to help preserve screen space, but with an improved layout and face detection.
    GIPHY integration: There is a new button to easily add GIFs from GIPHY when composing a tweet or direct message.
    Quoted tweets with media: When quoting another tweet, users can now attach photos, a video, or a GIF, a feature introduced by Twitter last month. The timeline displays both the quoted tweet and the media attached.
    Improved attachment previewing: Users can now tap the small thumbnail of attached media for a larger view, and more easily add accessibility descriptions to all images, videos, and GIFs.Twitterrific has also gained a fresh redesign, a new SF Rounded font, five new themes, three new app icon choices, a dozen new iMessage stickers, accessibility improvements like a new high contrast text option, and much more.


    Twitterrific 6 is a new product with a new business model. The app is free to download, and fully functional without any purchase, but with banner ads and periodic reminders to purchase the app. Banner ads can be eliminated for either $0.99 per month, $9.99 per year, or a one-time fee of $30 via in-app purchases.

    The Iconfactory says users who purchased any feature unlocks or bundles introduced in Twitterrific 5.7 or later will not see banner ads in Twitterrific 6, but they will still receive reminders to sign up for a subscription from time to time.

    The ad-free, fully-featured version of Twitterrific 5 was available for a one-time fee of $4.99, so the ad-free version of Twitterrific 6 is considerably more expensive, but Twitter has enforced several limitations on third-party Twitter clients over the past few years that have made it harder for them to operate.

    Twitterrific 6 is available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

    Article Link: Twitterrific 6 Launches on iPhone and iPad With Autoplay Videos in Timeline, GIPHY Integration, and Much More
  2. josebus macrumors newbie


    Apr 11, 2019
    I want to like Twitterrific, I really do. But with no notifications, and very few additional features to the Twitter (at least that I need/use) I really don't see a point on paying for it.
  3. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    Every time I see the word „autoplay“ I wish I could punch that person who implemented it. (I know in this case you can deactivate it) but mobile ads that just auto play should be charged to pay for my mobile data usage

    No obnoxious ads throughout the feed and stupid „in case you missed it“ BS are enough reasons for me personally
  4. farewelwilliams, Jun 13, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2019

    farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
    It's a bit poorly designed IMO.

    - Why do I have to reach the top bar to switch pages? This is extremely dumb on the iPad.
    - The Search People page is an eyesore. The sudden change in typeface is too extreme.
    - The Search People page has odd squircle shapes for the profile pics
    - On the Mac, everything that you want to do seems to pop up a new window that you have to manage. Sometimes I just want to click away and do something else, but that closes the popover.
    - On the Mac, it was super unintuitive on how to view my own tweets
    - On the Mac, the sound selection doesn't fit general look of the app (especially the block noise)
    - On the Mac, when I add a picture to my tweet, I want to enlarge it to see if I picked the right one. Instead, Twitterific only seems to allow me to add a description when I click on it.
    - On the Mac, the mentions badge always seems to show even when I don't have new mentions
    - On the Mac, when you close the compose window with a draft of a tweet and switch accounts, the draft is still there when you open the compose window again.
    - WTF is a muffle? How is that different from a mute? Super unintuitive

    Most importantly, viewing threads is confusing. You can swipe on a tweet to view the discussion, but it loses its position and starts the discussion at the top. I just want to view the tweet that it reply to so I can immediately know what these people are talking about. This is extremely critical to my Twitter usage and Twitterrific never seem to get this right.

    Their tagline is "The Twitter app for people who actually use Twitter" but I don't think they really do use Twitter. Tweetbot blows these apps away.
  5. EdT macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2007
    Omaha, NE
    I was going to comment, but you have the issue covered.
  6. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2015
    This is what companies should not do IMHO.

    Switch a paid app to free with a huge subscription charge while reverting the paid version to free and introducing ads. Either the new version should include a tier that matches exactly what was previously paid for or the old paid version should be there as a separate download.
  7. archer75 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2005
    Horrible business model. Why $30 for a twitter client when there are so many? Or a monthly subscription? On a twitter client?! Ridiculous. This one deserves a boycott for that kind of stupidity.
  8. nutmac macrumors 601

    Mar 30, 2004
    There are two ways to remove ads, $30 one-time IAP or $10/year subscription. While these prices are on the high side, I don't think it's fair to expect Iconfactory to keep offering updates for free. I am rather underwhelmed by the list of new features, however.

    And Twittterific 5 is still available and usable (although whether it will be maintained is a different matter).
  9. chikorita157 macrumors newbie


    Mar 8, 2019
    Caldwell, NJ, USA
    Dumped Twitterriffic for Tweetbot. It's a betrayal that after I done the one-time in app purchase that they put the ads back in. $30 is way too expensive for a Twitter app, especially when they limited their third-party API last year. Also, not doing subscriptions either.
  10. KrisLord macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    Is v5 still available?

    I’m on iOS 13. It seems to be a direct software update from 5 to 6.

    So I’ve gone from. No adverts to lots of them.

    To make it worse the in app subscriptions don’t work in iOS 13.
  11. Narcaz, Jun 13, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2019

    Narcaz macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2013
    Twitterrific 5 is not available anymore. Version 6 isn’t a new SKU. They „updated“ my paid app to this crap. As much as i liked their previous app (and linea), they deserve the heat from the customers. This is some of the worst behaviors a developer can do and another reason why App Stores should be more regulated.
  12. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2015
    That's the thing. I'm not expecting them to give me any updates for free. I understand the need to fund ongoing development and eventually you need to charge again or even raise prices. But the good guy way to do that is to leave Twitterific 5 as a standalone app I can download via my purchase history and get it working exactly as it was yesterday. You can be nicer and offer a discount to upgrade, but that isn't a requirement.

    I'm just upset that they updated the app in place so I'm forced to either adopt the new model or am downgraded entirely to the current equal of the free version.

    It doesn't cost them anything to keep the old version there for paid customers like me...

    The reality is though... Twitter has restricted third party clients too much that all of them are somewhat of a hard sell now. So they probably figure there are some users who are deeply dedicated to the app and will pay the new fees and the customers lost aren't a big deal. Either way, it sucks and is a scummy move.
  13. entropys macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    Even if the autoplay feature can be disabled, it exposes a developer mindset that should be despised. I will not buy this app.
  14. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
  15. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2006
    I don’t care about the price (I think I even backed the desktop client Kickstarter for more), but forcing the upgrade on people who’ve already paid for an ad-free app is a goddamn mugging.
  16. silvertech macrumors member

    May 30, 2016
    Twitter took that away from them and all other devs
  17. Belmont31R macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2012
    Not the first time I’ve deleted an app and won’t be the last. These people show a total lack of respect to customers who already paid and then throw a new model into the existing app. Put a new app on the store and don’t update the old version. IMO it’s borderline theft to have someone pay for a software application then sabotage the UX to the point you have to pay again to get back to where you were. Apple should have never allowed paid apps to be turned into subscription apps.
  18. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    HOLY CRAP, what a jerk move from the developer.

    I understand developers need to get paid, but the Tweetbot dev did things a LOT better.

    Lots of people paid for Tweetbot 2. When the developer wanted to release a new app, he released a NEW app. Those that bought Tweetbot 2 got to keep it. Those that wanted to buy the new Tweetbot 3 to get new features could, and it supported the developer.
    With Tweetbot 4, the developer again made a new app. Those that wanted to keep Tweetbot 3 (or 2), could, and those that wanted to pay for Tweetbot 4 to support the developer, could.

    Also, using Apple's "App Bundle" feature, anyone that bought Tweetbot 3 could then get a discount when buying Tweetbot 4.

    THAT is a good upgrade plan. People can decide to keep their old apps. People can decide to buy new apps. Developers get paid for work. Everyone wins.

    But the Twitterrific developer?

    Lots of people paid for Twitterrific 5. The developer then destroys Twitterrific 5 by overwriting it with a different app, preventing people from keeping the app they paid for or even downloading it any more, invalidates ALL previous "lifetime" payments (but keeps the money), and then requests that you pay again for another "lifetime" license to get back the features (that you already paid for).

    How could anyone trust him?

    He could easily release Twitterrific "7" next year and charge people again for yet another "lifetime" license. He's already shown that he can't be trusted and doesn't give a crap about users.

    What about those that prefer Twitterrific 5 and wanted to keep it? I paid for it, and it's gone. I can't download it, ever again. It's not available in the App Store. It's not available in my Purchased Apps. If I manage to find an old IPA of it in a backup (from before iTunes stopped working with apps), it will be so old that it might not work without an update, and updating it will just delete it and replace it with Twitterrific 6 again.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 14, 2019 ---
    Available... Where?

    It's not listed under the developer's apps. It's not listed under my Purchased Apps.

    Twitterrific 5 is gone. Reduced to atoms.
  19. uniquexoxo macrumors regular


    Aug 27, 2018
    South East Asia
    I’m still surprised people still purchase 3rd party Twitter clients considering that it’s already been crippled for a year or so now.
  20. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    The official Twitter app is that bad. Even crippling the third-party apps won't get people to use it lol. It's just so annoying.

    I personally use tweetbot because I enjoy a nice clean chronological timeline with just tweets from accounts I follow and no annoying ads or "things I may have missed" getting thrown in. I'll sacrifice notifications or whatever else they got rid of for that.
  21. uniquexoxo macrumors regular


    Aug 27, 2018
    South East Asia
    I used to be Tweetbot all the way. I think since 3GS... Until the recent API changes. I need the features that Twitter crippled from them. Also the group DMs. Honestly, once you get used to the Twitter app, it’s fine.
  22. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2015
    They have already admitted that they are this nasty. They are saying that the new "forever" payment is only for Twiterrific 6... So they can be forcing you to pay up again next week or next year.
  23. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a


    Nov 10, 2018
    I'm all for paying for software but $30 for a Twitter client is a no thank you.

    What I find most annoying is that when you're using it in slideover mode and click a link in a Tweet instead of opening it in a Safari view in the existing slideover window it takes over your whole main screen instead.
  24. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis

    Imagine how angry people will be after paying $30 for an app and then it ending up with ads again after its next big update.
  25. chikorita157 macrumors newbie


    Mar 8, 2019
    Caldwell, NJ, USA
    I find it funny that the developers of Twitterific is in full damage control mode. They say that they won't be able to notify users of Twitterific 5 to update, so they forced the update. That is a terrible anti-consumer practice and they have certainly tarnished their reputation.

    Either way, I'm satisfied with Tweetbot and hopefully they won't pull the same thing. Charging 7.99 for 5.x and then putting the ads back in and ransoming for a monthly subscription or a $29.99 fee, which is a 73% increase is a bad business move. I understand developers need to make money since I am a developer myself who create iOS and Mac apps, but this is a anti-consumer practice. They could have released separate versions and then advertise it on social media and their website like any other business. Hopefully other developers won't think to do the same, or they will lose a lot of customers.

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